Spring/Summer 2015 Events in Jamaica

There’s always something to do in Jamaica. Not only does the island boast some of the most diverse attractions and activities in the Caribbean, but Jamaica also delivers world class events year round. From fashion to sports, music and culture, take a look at some of the upcoming events to add to your calendar.

 

Marbana

One of Jamaica’s prime locations for filming becomes the backdrop for Marbana 2015. Frenchman’s Cove will play host to the chic-est party for the season with celebrity chefs preparing their signature fare, with great music to enjoy.

Carnival

The year 2015 marks the 27th anniversary of carnival in Jamaica. The lead activities, called Bacchanal Jamaica has “Mas Camp”, located at Stadium North, as its home. All roads lead to Mas camp during the carnival season as revellers gather on Bacchanal Fridays to dance, chip, wine, and get on bad all in the build up for the non-stop partying of carnival week and Road March on April 12.

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Volunteer in Jamaica

“Going local” is something we covet in leisure travel nowadays, but what does it really mean? Eating local cuisine, exploring the local culture, using the local currency…but how about getting a glimpse inside the real Jamaica by volunteering to help improve the condition of a local community in two key areas: education and health?

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Jamaican Music: Get to Know Bob Marley

Reggae Month 2015 is almost over but the irie vibes that reggae music brings continue to be felt around the island. As the birthplace of reggae music, Jamaica is home to numerous reggae artistes, who have made their mark on the genre and industry worldwide. The most popular of them all is Bob Marley, the undisputed King of Reggae, whose music has transcended decades. As we close the Reggae Month celebrations, get to know this reggae legend a bit better with these interesting facts.

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Countdown to Summer

Jamaica’s warm weather makes for summer fun year round. Whether you’re waiting for the cold to pass or you’re hopping on a plane soon, we have rounded up some of the most anticipated summer activities that are ready and waiting for you in Jamaica. Join us as we count down to summer!

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Go Running in Jamaica

Take inspiration from Jamaica’s sprinting legends to grab your sneakers and hit the road. Road running is a growing trend on island and we’re happy to welcome you to the starting line. Most running events give proceeds to charities, so you can give back while you get fit. Take a look at some of this year’s upcoming running events, including 5k, 10k and marathon races.

Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run 2015- February 22

Over 200 companies and some 22,000 persons will participate in the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, Caribbean’s largest road race. Sagicor Jamiaica has over 16 years contributed more than $100 Million to worthy beneficiaries from its popular 5.5k run. This year they’ve made it even easier for persons to support their 2015 charities, the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and the Cornwall Regional Hospital Neo Natal Unit. Join in their crowd funding initiative at www.pitchandchoose.com from now till March. For more information and to register for the Sigma Run visit their website.

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Winner of The Voice Season 5 and a Sigma Run ambassador Tessanne Chin greeting a participant.

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Top 3 Reasons to Visit Jamaica This Valentine’s Day

Jamaica is the place for romance, with postcard sceneries of stunning waterfalls, rolling mountains, wide stretches of white-sand beaches and a warm tropical breeze. Easy to get to with flights from most major gateways, Jamaica is beckoning couples to escape to the Home of All Right and experience the island’s most alluring qualities.

Visitors seeking a memorable Valentine’s Day should explore the island’s adventurous side, get a taste for its tempting flavors and be pampered at one of its many hotels or villas.

  1. Adventures built for two

The Martha Brae River provides the ultimate opportunity for relaxation. Two people can sit pretty on a bamboo raft while they glide along, catching all the sights at the edges of the tropical river banks. Originally used to transport produce such as bananas to various markets, the rafts are now used for guests who want to experience Jamaica’s natural landscape in style.

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Reggae Month 2015

February is celebrated as Reggae Month in Jamaica. It’s a time to re-live the legendary moments and personalities in Jamaica’s music history and to continue making history through today’s rising reggae stars. This year also marks the anniversary of the 70th birthday of Bob Marley, undoubtedly the name that made reggae music famous worldwide. A collection of events ensue around the island starting February 1, making February the perfect month for music lovers to take a trip to Jamaica. Plan to join in on the jammin’ at any of these Reggae Month events:

  1. Jamaica Reggae Industry Association Reggae Month Calendar

All month long the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) will present a wide variety of reggae related events. The line-up includes live shows, sound system sessions, symposiums, dances and workshops. The JaRIA Open University and the JaRIA Honour Awards are major highlights of the celebrations, with the latter recognising John Holt and Hopeton Lewis posthumously for their contribution to reggae music. The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston will be the home for most of the 29 events taking place in 28 days.

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Make it Jamaica for the New Year!

Happy New Year!  There’s no better time than the present to take the vacation you have been dreaming of. Instead of committing to quickly forgotten New Year’s resolutions, make plans for a vacation of a lifetime with our Vacaysolutions (vacation resolutions). Always wanted to conquer your fears or accomplish a goal? The diverse landscape of Jamaica and our plethora of activities and attractions are just the push you need to make 2015 your best year yet!

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The Buzz on our YouTube Channels

So much has been happening on our YouTube channels, have you been keeping up? Here are some of the latest highlights:

Watch over 50 years unfold in video with a collection of Jamaica Tourist Board advertisements now on our About Jamaica Channel. Follow the journey of marketing destination Jamaica, from the Come to Jamaica campaign of the 1950’s and 60’s to the current Home of All Right campaign.

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Upcoming Sport Events 2015

 

The year has just begun but the sporting scene is heating up in Jamaica. Rally around these upcoming sport events and join in on the fun. For more information on events of all types in Jamaica, visit our website.

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